Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"First, I helped the student with his vocabulary homework. I quizzed him on each of the words regarding meaning and spelling. Moreover, I helped him practice the ones he was struggling with. We also worked through some writing exercises together as well. I had him make up sentences using the vocabulary words that he had to learn for homework."
"During this session, I helped her with a writing assignment in which she had to compare and contrast pop songs with themes from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The assignment required her to write three mini-essay paragraphs in which she compared one pop song with A Midsummer Night's Dream in each paragraph. When I arrived, she had written a rough draft for one of her paragraphs. She did a nice job selecting and integrating quotes from each source into her paragraph. Each quote, however, needed more analysis. Thus, during this session I emphasized the importance of close-reading in order to strengthen her analysis and ultimately her argument that both works demonstrated how love can cause one to act like a fool or a madman. I helped her strengthen the analysis of her first quote and requested that she work on developing a stronger analysis of her last quote on her own so she can gain experience working through the writing process independently. I also helped her make some minor adjustments in regards to her sentence style. In addition, I taught her that she needs to treat song lyrics as she would a poem by identifying a speaker instead of making the assumption that the writer is the speaker and/or protagonist. We concluded the session by brainstorming for her next two paragraphs. She had trouble choosing songs for her final paragraphs, so I suggested she focus more on identifying the different themes of love presented in A Midsummer Night's Dream instead of searching for random song lyrics in an attempt to establish a connection. Overall, she displayed vast improvement in her writing skills during this session."
"The student had a timed essay exam this Friday, so we divided the time between talking about her National History Day essay and practicing timed essay organizing. As I read all three paragraphs, I found some common spelling errors. She wrote down each of the spelling errors, and then guessed the correct spelling while I verified each word. We then talked about paragraph organization within an essay- how one paragraph should flow to the next, and combining common ideas for one larger paragraph. I left her with an example paragraph we had worked on previously."
"They took turns reading another 3 chapters of the Captain book. I then had them summarize the content and write it in their journal. Student one struggled with it a bit more than student two, but they did fine with it. I then reviewed nouns and adjectives, and did a fun game using them."
"They try to write the lowercase letters. The student did well she only wrote half. We continue to go over the sounds of the letters she knew more than he did. She sang the short sound of a song. We read one page stories. The student did very well. She knows more letter sounds."
"This evening, the student first completed a worksheet on using context clues to choose one of four possible word choices to complete a sentence. This was a worksheet for third graders, and she selected the correct word almost every time. However, she needed a fair amount of time to select her answers. I then asked her to read a one-page article concerning how silk is made. She was reluctant at first to read the article. Also, when I asked her to tell me some facts she had learned from the reading, she could not do this without re-reading it, and also needed prompting from me. "